I am a developer from the Tampa Bay area who recently completed the Front End Development Certification on FCC. Believe it or not, I also earned a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science in 2008 and worked at two well known companies, Verizon Wireless and Tech Data for several years as a developer.
While I was at Verizon Wireless, I built and maintained VBA applications over the course of several years before finally gaining .NET experience maintaining their internal application for tracking sales during the last 6 months. When my contract ended, I was able to obtain the position at Tech Data by using the .NET experience that I had gained. At Tech Data, I owned a variety of roles including managing and automating deployments, maintaining their classic ASP intranet, and serving on a support team for their e-commerce websites.
Now that I’ve completed the Front End Certification, I am at a crossroads. The question is - where do I go from here? I do not have an income right now. I want to take the absolute best route to a job that is a good fit given my very unique situation. My thoughts are that if I knew it would allow me to obtain another development position (and soon) I wouldn’t mind going through the rest of the FCC course, completing the non-profits, and looking for jobs with that experience, hoping I’d find a good fit that was willing to hire me. My savings would allow me to complete FCC while working on it full time, but I’d want to find a job after that fairly quickly. My question would be how quickly I would be able to find a job after. That being said, I thought about getting a part-time job or finding some supplemental source of income while I complete FCC.
Does anybody have any thoughts or ideas regarding where I am at? What route would you take if you were me? Do you think that completing FCC is the best possible route for me to gain another development job from here? Or does anyone possibly have any better ideas? Thanks!